Title: Window on the Bay
Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: July 16, 2019
Page Count: 321
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
When a single mom becomes an empty nester, she spreads her wings to rediscover herself—and her passions—in this heartwarming novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.
Jenna Boltz’s life is at a crossroads. After a messy divorce from her surgeon husband nearly twenty years ago, she raised her two children on her own, juggling motherhood with her beloved job as a Seattle intensive-care nurse. Now that Paul and Allie have gone to college and moved out, Jenna can’t help but wonder what her future holds.
Her best friend, Maureen, is excited for Jenna’s newfound independence. Now is the perfect time to finally book the trip to Paris they’ve been dreaming of since their college days. But when it comes to life’s other great adventure—dating—Jenna still isn’t sure she’s ready to let love in . . . until an unexpected encounter begins to change her mind.
When Jenna’s elderly mother breaks her hip, Dr. Rowan Lancaster saves the day. Despite his silent, stoic exterior, Rowan is immediately smitten with Jenna. And even though Jenna is hesitant about becoming involved with another surgeon, she has to admit that she’s more than a little intrigued. But when Jenna’s children approach her with shocking news, she realizes that she needs to have faith in love and embrace the unexpected—before the life she has always dreamed of passes her by.
Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber is a standalone contemporary romance. This one features not one romantic couple but two budding romances from a pair of best friends now going through empty nest syndrome with their children off to college. The point of view will change back and forth between the two ladies and their lives.
Jenna and Maureen have always been the best of friends. At one point in their lives they had made solid plans to take a trip to Paris right after they graduated college with both sharing a love for the city. However, all of their plans for the trip were put on hold once Maureen found herself pregnant and rushed to marriage.
Now after more than two decades going by since those young, carefree dreams were made both ladies find themselves single again. While Jenna and Maureen start their planning again they both find themselves taking a more serious look at love once again when new men enter their lives.
Debbie Macomber is a very established author so there is no question that when picking up one of her books you will find wonderful, solid and fluid writing that will charm reader. That was still found in this one but the reason I’m only giving this one 3 1/2 stars was more on the story feeling a bit rushed to me with two relationships. Both scenarios were completely different which I loved, however you could feel that rush to push both into the in love then problems arise formula romance often follows. What are really the odds two couples rush through love and angst at the same rate? I would have liked them to differ the same way the personalities had.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Debbie Macomber, the author of Cottage by the Sea, Any Dream Will Do, If Not for You, and the Rose Harbor Inn series, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Thirteen of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She is also the author of the cookbook Debbie Macomber’s Table. There are more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.